Public Yoga

public yogaIt is one of my beliefs that most dis-ease originates from disconnection or a sense of feeling like we don’t belong or not knowing where we belong. It is this longing to belong that underlies various behaviors that many would label as ‘addictions’, yet it is a normal, natural response to a basic human need to be connected to, accepted by, and vibe with our tribe and Mother Earth and all of the beauty and nourishment she provides for our body, mind, and soul.

It seems that our culture might be in its own universal shift or transformation, from one that pushes for the pursuit of power, possessions, and prestige, where significant value is placed on working long hours and multi-tasking in order to attain this definition of success, to one that is supporting the pursuit of a more individualized definition of success, where significant value is placed on personal well-being and engaging in goals that reflect a contribution to something bigger and better than just ourselves, such as our family, friends, communities and the world. Joining a group yoga class can be an amazing means to feed the soul’s purpose of connection through the opportunity to slow down just a bit to ‘be’ with other like-minded human ‘beings’ coming together with similar intentions. As groups gather to do yoga, whether in a yoga studio or in a park or on a beach, the collective energy created through the practice creates a sense of community and each individual feels connected, whether or not they even know the name of the person on the mat next to them.

The yoga teacher sets the tone for each class and each teacher has unique approaches to guiding students through a class, so finding the best combination of class and teacher may involve taking several yoga classes with different teachers before landing on one that feels best for you. Some teachers focus more on the mechanics of, or the anatomy involved in the poses, while others may focus more on the philosophy and teachings of yoga, while still others may offer ‘hands-on’ assists or adjustments in the poses.

As a yoga teacher, I enjoy guiding students through their practice by encouraging a focus on breath awareness and listening to their own bodies. To assist students in experiencing the full benefits of a regular yoga practice, I include:

  • A variety of asanas (poses) that build strength while increasing flexibility and balance in my classes
  • Yoga philosophy
  • Pranayama (controlled breathing)
  • Meditation

As a trauma-informed yoga teacher, trained by Zabie Yamasaki, founder of Transcending Sexual Violence through Yoga, I am very mindful about creating a sacred sanctuary of compassion to support my students in feeling safe to explore the mind-body connection through their yoga practice. As a LifeForce Yoga® for Mood Management certified yoga teacher, the sequences I guide address feelings of anxiety and depression, leaving students sensing more emotional balance in their practice and ultimately in their lives.

I am passionate about sharing the benefits that will naturally develop in students as a regular yoga practice is embraced. I get a great deal of satisfaction from assisting students on their personal journeys toward self-acceptance and unconditional love. I truly believe yoga provides a vehicle to healing and attaining balance in life as well as enhancing a student’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

With increased awareness and value for the basic human need to feel safe in order to heal and grow, I am currently teaching public group yoga classes in local yoga studios. Yoga studios provide space for smaller yoga classes that create a greater sense of community and more opportunity to find and connect with our tribe. Sensing safety and connection, students begin to transform their personal emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being on the mat, which is then brought out into their broader communities, contributing to the revolution of the collective consciousness of the world.

If you might be considering joining an in-person class, below are some options that might fit into your schedule.  For those attending the class being held indoors, in-person, masks and hand-washing are required, windows will be open and the ventilation system will be on, class size will be limited to 4 participants to maintain physical distancing, and class registration/waivers/payment will be completed online prior to the class to minimize contact wherever possible.  Please reach out (linda@sanctuary4compassion.com) with questions and to register for an upcoming class.

Backyard Chair Yoga
Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (8 weeks starting 10/23/2021)

Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Email me at linda@sanctuary4compassion.com for more details.

$Donation-based

A class accessible to all levels and stages that encourages each student to take a personal journey of discovery through gentle, fluid body and breath movement to deepen awareness of interoception, the sense of the internal state of the body and to create a truly balancing, harmonizing, integrative experience.  Reconnect with easily-ignored areas of the body and learn to listen to the natural wisdom of your own body. This class is ideal for those who are looking for a gentle way to practice yoga in a supportive and nurturing environment or for those simply looking to unwind and de-stress.  Classes may be taught by various teachers.

Reiki-infused Restorative Yoga, Sound Healing and Yoga Nidra
Last Mondays of the Month (7:00 – 8:00 pm)

Hybrid (both via Zoon and Onsite at Sanctuary for Compassion and Connection)
2900 Bristol Street, Suite J208
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

$20.

This class encourages students to invite balance into their lives by resting in the comfort of restorative yoga shapes while absorbing the powerful sounds of 14 Chakra-tuned crystal bowls, to promote the body’s natural relaxation response and healing ability, washing away energetic blocks and opening up to a deeper connection within.  This class is accessible to all!

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